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Colombian soldiers carry the weapons of comrades killed after a rebel attack in La Esperanza village, April 15, 2015. Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos ordered the resumption of bombing raids against FARC rebels on Wednesday after an attack he blamed on the group killed 10 soldiers, a move that will intensify combat after efforts to cool tensions.  REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga - RTR4XIFR

Escalating violence between government troops and the FARC casts doubt on ongoing peace negotiations in Colombia.

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Upcoming midterm elections in Mexico will not produce the kind of political momentum that President Peña Nieto needs to consolidate his legacy.

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Just how “normal” can relations be between the United States and a notorious narco-state?  In the case of Venezuela, some in the State Department seem carelessly determined to find out.

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A major corruption scandal unfolding in Guatemala reveals the potential pitfalls of providing aid to the region.

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President Enrique Peña Nieto must reevaluate his approach to Mexico’s drug war in light of recent violence.

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In light of deep popular skepticism, President Santos does not have the credibility to salvage peace talks with the FARC.

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Nearly halfway through his six-year term, Peña Nieto does not appear to have a comprehensive strategy for dealing with lawlessness in many parts of Mexico.

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Colombia must not sacrifice crucial anti-drug programs to achieve peace with FARC rebels.

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